Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        DMC-FX78:f/2.5
        DMC-FX700:f/2.2
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $379

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $300 - $335

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Travel zoom

        $206 - $350

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $275 with 14-42mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S90

        Canon PowerShot S90

        Pro digicam

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

        Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000

        Travel zoom

        $229

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $100

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $329

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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